We have stayed twice at Trevorrick Farm; in 2011 and 2012. Most recently in 2012, our two daughters were 3 (nearly 4) and 1. We stayed in Serendipity; which was very clean, tidy and comfortable and had a bath; unusual in many holiday cottages. The outdoor facilities were great; so many things for our girls to play on (some of it could maybe do with being updated, but our girls loved it all). Melanie was always around the place and was always very friendly and helpful about stuff to do locally and walks to do from Trevorrick Farm. In terms of location, Trevorrick Farm is a perfect location for a small family; Padstow is a great place to get to many places from on the North Coast of Cornwall; so many lovely beaches (we particularly liked Trevone), Tintagel Castle, Eden Project, Crealys, DairyLand, Newquay Zoo and Waterworld, etc, etc, great place for a young family.
Reading some of the negative comments here regarding Trevorrick Farm, I can honestly say that they are not justified; the accommodation was a high standard with every thing we needed for our young girls; high chair, bed barrier, etc was there. Yes, maybe they could do with restocking some toys, but that is honestly about the only criticism I could find; the benefits totally outweigh this, and as for lots of rules; not really sure what the other reviewers are going on about; I don't recall thinking that was an issue for us.
If you want a great location for a young family then go to Trevorrick Farm and Padstow; beautiful part of the world.
Our trip to Trevorrick Farm in November 2012 was our third visit; we have booked the same cottage each time. I'd first discovered it following an online search in November 2010 whilst looking for a short break with my then boyfriend now fiance. Booking is quick and fuss free. Melanie's phone calls friendly and we received detailed information via email with reference to arrival times, house keeping arrangements and the availability of fresh milk deliveries.
Trevorrick Farm is ideally situated near to Padstow and during our first two visits we always took the opportunity to walk from the cottage after receiving directions. Melanie and Mike have always been welcoming and available to answer any questions but never intrusive.
The accommodation is comfortable and the fact that there's a fully equipped kitchen (something often lacking in holiday accommodation,) is great. A number of improvements (including a luxurious new king size bed,) have been made to the cottage since our first stay a sure sign of the owners wanting to offer a quality experience.
We were not able to return again until July 2012, having had to cancel a much looked forward to booking due to work commitments. This time we were able to make use of the enclosed garden with patio and the heated swimming pool aswell as being at the perfect base for days out. While the sunshine helped make our week in July fantastic the last visit in November proved how good the accommodation is. Four days of heavy rain resulted in a number of hours inside but knowing we would have access to an open fireplace, board games and a dvd player there were no concerns about being stuck indoors.
Each of our trips to Trevorrick Farm has been slightly different but they were all wonderful escapes from everyday life. It's a place I've had no concerns about recommending to either couples or families.
I can't wait to book another stay or two for this year!
We have stayed at Trevorrick Farm every year since our daughter was born, she is now 4 years old. We have always had a lovely time. Melanie and her family are always very welcoming. Our little girl has loved all the animals and the play areas. Trevorrick Farm is ideally situated near to Padstow and many other lovely beaches. The Camel Trail is not too far away and we have on occasion hired bikes and had a lot of fun cycling the length of the trail.
We have stayed in two of the cottages to date, having visited three times. The accomodation has always been comfortable and there has always been a number of books and toys in each cottage for our daughter to play with, saving having to bring too much with us. When you first drive onto the site the beutiful surroundings instantly relax you and then you see the chickens, turkeys, rabbits etc and the holiday really begins.
If you are looking for a family holiday in a good location with plenty for the kids to do then Trevorrick Farm is the one for you.
At Easter, we will be visiting for the second time and we are very much looking forward to the warm welcome, the splendid facilities and fabulous location. As a family with a four year old, it is important to us that we stay somewhere with a welcoming and caring ethos and hence, our return next month.
Trevorrick is a real farm experience so those not wanting to experience animals close up (and everything this would entail) should look elsewhere other than a farm. For us however, this is what makes the place so special, especially for young children who love animals. I have never seen my daughter happier than exploring the baby chicks, rabbits, ducks and other animals with the owner. She is naturally good with children and very open and kind. In my experience, nothing was too much trouble for Melanie and we are very much looking forward to our return next month. We are especially looking forward to the Easter Egg Hunt. Thank you Mike and Melanie for being fabulous hosts!
Stayed at Trevorrick Farm as a family with my husband and child
We found our cottage to be sparsely furnished and fitted out. There was everything you needed but nothing extra and certainly far from the home from home experience we were expecting even having already making allowance for all the rules. As for being eco conscious it’s more like penny pinching and Ryanair style extras
A box of toys was provided but was mainly filled with track for the train set which was of little interest to our child so thankfully we had brought our own.
We liked the location particularly the proximity to the Camel trail where we cycled the length. But cyclists, be warned the cycle store is in an open barn near the entrance. Also the gate of the timber enclosure opens inwards so there's only room for a couple of bikes. This meant leaving bikes on the outside of the store or even on the car roof. Bike washing seemed to be frowned upon with a very short hose pipe offered with reminders not to waste water. We used the washroom to freshen up our cycle clothing but often found Melanie and already beat us to it. Incidentally the washroom like the rest of Trevorrick is much cluttered and doubles as the rubbish store.
Experience of the owners is that they didn't listen and were too busy / preoccupied to even care and there was certainly none of the is everything all right / what can we do better approach others have offered us in the past
Given other comments i put this down to the schools hols and them being busy. But having paid a premium rate we expected more.
We stumbled across this slice of Utopia by total accident, something I will be eternally grateful for. Trying to book a half term break at local B&B’s, a treat for my fathers 70th (a Rick Stein tour with his son and 14 month old grandson) I failed… miserably. However in my desperation I turned to Google, my fifth phone number on the list and Melanie answers! To begin with it was touch and go for a booking. Both Melanie and Mike we scrupulously honest, explaining that the weather had done significant damage to T.V. reception and fields were a literal wash out. But if I wanted to wait a week then book online they would consider options from there. I am so pleased that they were accommodating of such an annoying individual. After explaining the motivation of my visit they relented and agreed to a booking for 3 nights. Prior to arrival I received a friendly e-mail informing me of my booking details, arrival times and other sundry house keeping arrangements, including fresh milk deliveries!!! Melanie went out of her way to accommodate any requests we had for my son, a wooden cot, high chair and plastic cutlery and crockery. On arrival she also asked if we needed more that the 3 huge boxes of toys she had provided for my son.
Throughout our experience Melanie kept us informed of all of the arrangements, the conditions of the area and any seasonal variations in their offering (access to the swimming pool).
Having had a rural upbringing I truly value the chance to let my son experience the ‘real’ countryside on his holidays. The ducks, chickens and turkeys really entertained my son and if he every felt overwhelmed he knew who to put his arms out to for a reassuring cuddle (much appreciated by both Dad and Grampy!).
Neither Mike nor Melanie intruded on our experience but equally were on hand to tackle any concerns or queries we had. Melanie let us know when they would be physically present and where they were if they were not on the farm at any time. Given their family circumstances they manage and run an extremely professional and high quality experience. One I fully recommend.
My wife, 15 month old daughter and I stayed at Trevorrick for the second time from 22/09/12 to 29/09/12 in The Old Round House and had a fantastic time. This was our second visit to Trevorrick after spending a week there in Sept 11 when our daughter was only 15 weeks old.
The location is excellent, it's right in beautiful rural St Issey, well away from any any traffic in a secluded farm area which we found to be an extremely safe environment for our young family. Our second stay in the Old Round House didn't disappoint, Melanie met us on arrival and showed us the improvements that had been made since our last stay which included a king size bed, new bedroom furniture and leather sofa in the living room area. The cottage is spotlessly clean and had absolutely everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. Heating is via storage heaters and for the heating/hot water it cost us approx £10 for the week via a meter in the cupboard. I think we did really well bearing in mind we washed up 2/3 times each day and ran separate baths for me and my wife. Although there isn't a washing machine in the cottage there is one in the wash room and came in handy with our messy little girl so we didn't run out of clean clothes for her :-)
I work in the service industry and knowing your customer is key, Melanie certainly got it right for us. Melanie placed toys appropriate to Erin's age, child's plate, bowl and cutlery and bath toys ready for us ! Other improvements around Trevorrick included decked and private areas for each of the other cottages, which must have cost several thousand pounds and clearly shows that although a growing business, Melanie & Mike are investing to ensure they are continuously improving Trevorrick.
Trevorrick Farm clearly has families at the heart of the holiday experience, first thing to remember is that you are staying on a farm so it's lovely to be able to interact closely and freely with the animals that are around the place. Our daughter Erin loved seeing the "quack quacks" roaming around the place, the guinea pigs and rabbits that she was able to chat away to and pet, the pigs, goats, mini pony and Belinda the cow ! It was great having close proximity to the animals on a daily basis and definitely a hit with Erin. We also loved the open grassland which was perfect for Erin to safely run around on and the selection of slides, swings and climbing opportunities for a 15 month old and 34 year old child :-). A point to note is that Trevorrick is a farm and like I said earlier there are friendly animals either tottering about or being walked over the grass. For this reason and also due to morning dew etc I would definitely recommend wellies.. It wouldn't however have been an issue had we not been prepared as there was a dozen or more pairs in the games room which we could have borrowed for our daughter if needed !
We used the pools few times during our stay, the pool was extremely clean and the heated changing room with shower was perfect for when we'd done. As part of our induction when we arrived Mike showed us the pool area, provided us with the code to access and ensured we knew where the safety equipment/alarm was in case of emergency.
Although we didn't have any need for them during our stay, Melanie, Mike (and their boys at the weekend) were always about and doing one job or another around the farm whether that be tending to the animals, working the grounds, gardening, painting or cleaning the cottages on change over day - regardless of how busy they were they always stopped to check we were ok, chat with Erin, and suggest some of the lovely places to visit - Melanie suggested the Lost Gardens of Heligan and we had a fantastic time !
St Issey is only a 10 minute drive into beautiful Padstow or if you are in need of burning off some energy you can walk down onto the Camel Trail and into Padstow in around an hour - taking on the amazing Cornish fresh air and scenery along the way. I'm a keen photographer and there were no end of landscape shot opportunities ! Padstow is simply beautiful with some of the best places to eat in Cornwall. Steins fish & chips and cornish pasties are a must ! Another gem not to be missed is The Journeyman in St Issey which offers Indian & European dishes - I've written a separate review for The Journeyman and def recommend !
All in all we had a fantastic time at Trevorrick Farm, St Issey and Padstow and have booked the Old Round House again in Sept 2013 !! Thank you Melanie, Mike & family, we wish you continued success and look forward to staying again !